Educator Summer Camp

Start Date:
Monday, July 27, 2020
End Date:
Monday, July 27, 2020

Time: 10-11 a.m. EDT


Visual Thinking Strategies with Deborah Gaston and Ashley Harris

Session Description:

VTS is a methodology that builds vocabulary and critical thinking skills through conversations about art. After a quick introduction to the structure by NMWA educators, take some time to consider and discuss two pieces from the museum’s collection.

About the Instructors:

Deborah L. Gaston is Director of Education and Interpretation at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She supervises all aspects of the museum’s educational and interpretive programming, as well as collaborating with the curatorial department on exhibitions and collection installations. Deborah participated in the Project Zero Classroom summer institute at Harvard University, and has been a fully qualified Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) trainer for a decade. In 2014, she studied a dialogical approach to gallery teaching in the Teaching Institute in Museum Education (TIME) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More recently she was a fellow at the Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators program in adaptive leadership through EmcArts. In addition to her experience as a museum educator, Deborah has taught art history courses for the Corcoran School of Art and Design, Lewis and Clark College (Semester in Washington program), and the University of Delaware. She holds an M.A. in art history from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and did doctoral work at the University of Delaware, Newark. She is a member of ArtTable, American Alliance of Museums, The Museum Education Roundtable, National Art Education Association, and Art Education DC.

Ashley W. Harris is the Associate Educator at NMWA where she is responsible for coordinating group tours as well as managing the volunteer corps and internship program. Ashley joined NMWA’s staff in 2013, but her introduction to the museum and ABC Curriculum was during her internship in the summer of 2012. Originally from Plainfield, New Jersey, Ashley moved to Washington, D.C., to pursue her Master’s in Museum Studies at the George Washington University, which she completed in 2012. Ashley received her A.B. in Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies from Brown University in 2009, has been formally trained in VTS and is a member of NAEA and AAM.



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